Frederic R. Sistare II

WILMINGTON- Frederic Rice Sistare II, 92. of Wilmington, died February 21.  He came to Dartmouth University in the Naval program in the summer of 1944, out of Technical High School in Springfield, MA. When the V-5 program was suspended in 1945, he transferred into the NROTC program and had a term at Cornell University. That was followed by boot camp and a tour of duty at the Oakland Naval Air Station. He came back to Dartmouth in the fall of 1946, and graduated in September of 1947. He attended seven class reunions and the great V-12 reunion in 1993 and attended his 70th college reunion in 2018. Mr. Sistare  was his Class of 1947 newsletter editor for many years.
In the years following graduation, he worked at the home office of Mass Mutual Insurance Company in the agency department for 22 years, rising to assistant director of agency costs, before leaving to join their prominent agency office in Houston, TX, as an assistant general agent. During his stay of about four  years, he contributed much and accomplished a great deal, including a CLU degree in 1973. He returned to New England to start up a do-it-yourself picture framing business, The Frame Factory became very successful and led to his expansion of the operation in New England, with the opening of 14 new frame shops. Moving to Vermont in 1984, he married his wife Liz in 1986. They were married for 33 years.
Mr. Sistare loved skiing, gardening, building stone walls, cutting trees down, and at Christmas, singing and acting. He was very much involved with the Dover Historical Society and Museum, holding the offices of president and trustee for many years. He leaves his wife Elizabeth and his three children, Deborah, Paul, and David by a former marriage. He was preceded in death by daughter Pamela, in 1999. He leaves two grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Tristan Sistare, and nieces and nephews.
A mass of Christian death and burial will be celebrated Saturday March 2, at 11 am, at Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church, 96 East Main Street,Wilmington. Interment will be held later in the spring. There are no visiting hours.
Gifts in his memory may be made to the Dover Historical Society and Museum, or Breast Cancer Awareness, c/o Covey-Allen and Shea Funeral Home P.O. Box 215, Wilmington, VT, 05363. To send the family personal condolences visit

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